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Forget five nines, this clock is accurate to more than 35 nines!

We've all heard of five nines of accuracy, but this clever little clock boasts 35 nines in its display, all cleverly arranged into a dozen mathematical expressions that resolve to the integers traditionally found on an analog timepiece.

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We've all heard of five nines of accuracy, but this clever little clock boasts 36 nines in its display, all cleverly arranged into a dozen mathematical expressions that resolve to the integers traditionally found on an analog timepiece. The clock is an artifact of the Triple Nine Society, a sort of MENSA competitor for adults who test at or above the 99.9th percentile on IQ tests. The rest of us can still buy the clock, presumably.

(Found via Neatorama.)

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24 comments
dpanzer
dpanzer

Yes, I'm that much of a geek. Anyone know where to get one?

Merlin the Wiz
Merlin the Wiz

I really doubt this clock is more accurate than 6 nines (999999). 1 / 999999 = 1.000001000001000001000001000001e^6 since it uses a battery powered digital clock movement and "The accepted standard of accuracy in modern electronic systems is ??1 minute per month at 25??C and ??40 minutes per year at 60??C." http://www.futurlec.com/News/Dallas/Crystal.html The face may have a large number of nines on it, but that does not control the accuracy of the clock. The calibration of the integrated circuitry in the battery powered movement and the ambient temperature control the accuracy of the clock. Besides, this is an analog movement, and EVERYTHING it displays is up to interpretation by the observer.

Bizzo
Bizzo

[i]Almost[/i] gets to 7, but never quite makes it. "It's 6.99999 (recurring) o'clock!" Would have been better with sqrt(9)!+(9/9)

mjd420nova
mjd420nova

I'm Not even gonna jump in here yet. Neat clock.

SWThomas
SWThomas

Umm. 12 numbers times 3 nines per number gives me 36 nines on the clock.

DigitalFrog
DigitalFrog

x=6.999... 10x=69.999... 10x-x=69.999...-6.999... 9x=63 x=63/9 x=7

Absolutely
Absolutely

6.9999 is located correctly, to *exactly* 35 nines?

Icejon
Icejon

Just jump in. if they had left out the ninth power for the 1, they would have been fine but the messed it up. I wont buy the clock now =(

JohnBeaman
JohnBeaman

Accurate to more than 35 nines. Like, 36 is more than 35.... Thats how accuracy is titled, more than. twit.

Histrion2
Histrion2

...if you count the three created by the figure/ground graphic in the center.

Tig2
Tig2

Wouldn't be alliterative. I think that was what Jay was going for...

TonytheTiger
TonytheTiger

the last one is between one nine and the next, thus not accurate :)

Jay Garmon
Jay Garmon

The expression for one is simply 9/9, so you get eleven expressions of three nines, for 33, and one expression of two nines, for a total of 35.

Dr Dij
Dr Dij

I've seen shows where they suggest time varies in dift regions of the universe.

Absolutely
Absolutely

9/9 = 1 1^9 = 1 99.9% of people aren't proficient with exponents.

Jaqui
Jaqui

10 expressions using 3 nines 1 expression using 9/9 [ number one ] and one expression using just one nine.. 9 itself is the expression cube root of 9 cubed for a real total of 33 9s

Histrion2
Histrion2

6.999... *does* equal 7. No, seriously.

remymaza
remymaza

And 90% of people make up statistics on the spot 74% of the time... Go figure....

JohnBeaman
JohnBeaman

It says "Accurate to MORE THAN 35 Nines". 36 is more than 35....

Jaqui
Jaqui

and 9 is 9th root of 9 to the 9th power. so yup, it is 36 nines to express the numbers. Jay is still out on his count. ;)

IC-IT
IC-IT

the 1 is 9/9 to the 9th. Easier to see if you follow the link to the site selling it and then blow up the image.

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